Designing Luxury Residential Spaces
Trends in Luxury Residential Design
Design trends have become more detail focused in the last few years, with a focus on hospitality design that have inspired residences to adopt comfortable furniture, low maintenance and durable materials, natural elements and home automation. Luxury residences are now increasingly featuring open lobbies with richly textured furniture, commercial kitchens, waterfall showers, fitted Jacuzzis, spas, lounges and cellars, as inspired by hospitality design.
The concept of luxury architectural design has been redefined from ‘top’ or ‘expensive’ to a ‘modern minimalist’ approach, with a smart focus on key elements to create an accent and focal point in a space.
Some of the classic focal points such as dining rooms, kitchens and bathrooms have started to incorporate artistic design and features through fittings and furniture. People have also started looking for relaxation options throughout their living spaces, which has led to a focus on bathrooms as on par with the living room.
Key elements of contemporary interior design include a more neutral color palette, focusing on details and accessories such as metal trimmings to offer a sleek finish and clean look.
Designing a Luxury Residential Space
Designing a residential space with luxury elements requires a number of considerations, including determining the purpose of the space, the features you would like to showcase across the property, the location of the property and the budget you have to work with. To ensure harmonious movement throughout the design of your residence, working alongside an architectural design firm and reputed designers would be a great aid in cultivating your ideas into reality, helping you define your budget and capabilities.
Daousser Chennoufi, Chairman and Key Architect of the Draw Link Group, shares his advice on the designing a luxury residence in collaboration with an architectural design firm.
- Design inspiration
The best inspiration comes from the experiences and ideas gathered by the client. To begin the design process, the client should take into account their lifestyle and preferences, whether they are inspired by trendy design movements around the city and internationally, whether it is travel or if they are influenced by design blogs and websites.
Secondary to personal experience, social applications such as Pinterest and Instagram are great resources for inspiration, and can help in finding likeminded people with ideas and knowledge to guide your design interests.
- Working with a design firm
To transform your creative ideas into a high standard living space that meets your expectations, there are a number of questions a client should ask
- Is the design firm reputable?
- Are they familiar with different styles and scales of projects?
- Do they have an international approach, following international standards and design trends?
- Do they have accomplished designers and technical staff to work on your project?
- Do they have the capability to draw and execute the details of your project?
- Will they be able to develop and supervise the project from the initial sketches until the handing over stage?
Working with a design and fit out company, as in the case of Draw Link Group, means working on the concept, process and execution of a project.
A company with the capacity to offer international design standards as well as fit out services will be able to work on a project from an early stage, optimizing costs without compromising on quality, with the knowhow of site works and details execution. Clients should not be able to face any problems of coordination, unexpected site issues or changes in costing for the different stages of the project, with an added benefit of access to a wide range of different materials and construction products.
- The Design Process
A design and fit out company will first work with a client to illustrate the main concept of their living space. This will be followed by development and detailing of sub areas based on functionality of the space in keeping with the main scheme, and will include choosing a color palette, textures, fabrics, and dialog on furniture, fixtures, or other equipment (FF&E).